Samantha Fields

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When you connect diversity to business outcomes, "people pay attention"

Dec 13, 2019
Women and people of color are dramatically underrepresented in the financial services industry, especially among certified financial planners — just 1.5% of CFPs are black, 2% are Hispanic or Latino and 23% are women.
Companies can take steps to close the racial pay gap, starting with collecting the data.

More students from higher-income families taking out student loans

Dec 4, 2019
A new study finds that the percentage of students from middle and higher-income families who take out loans to get a bachelor’s degree has more than doubled in the last 20 years.
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Lots of Americans go into debt over the holidays

Nov 26, 2019
It’s the most financially stressful time of the year.
A man walks past holiday decorations along Fifth Avenue in  New York.
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One year after Camp Fire, “it just keeps getting worse”

Nov 8, 2019
The deadline to file a claim against PG&E will likely be extended.
Crosses line the road to remember the 86 people who died as a result of the Camp Fire in Paradise, California.
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IVF, adoption, surrogacy: How are you building your family?

Oct 31, 2019
Let us know how money has factored into your decisions about how or whether to build your family.
Gordon Lake and Manuel Valero had their daughter  Carmen via a surrogate in Thailand. They then went through a 15-month court battle with the surrogate over custody.
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The cost of building a family using donor sperm

Oct 24, 2019
Malkia and Nick Hutchinson-Arvizu are hoping to expand their family, but are struggling with the price tag.
Malkia and Nick Hutchinson-Arvizu outside their home in Houston.
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